Commissioners' Engineering Scholarship Program

About the Scholarship

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) offers annual scholarships to college students majoring in engineering fields that are vital to the work of WSSC. Named in honor of former Commissioners Joyce Starks and Gene W. Counihan – the goal of the Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students from WSSC’s service district in furtherance of their engineering studies and to encourage applicants/winners to consider careers in the water and wastewater/sewer industry; and preferably, at WSSC.

Up to two new scholarships in the amount of $1000 each may be awarded; one to a Prince George's County resident and one to a Montgomery County resident. Winners are eligible for additional awards of $1000 each year for up to four consecutive years as long as residency and grade point average (GPA) requirements are met. Winners also receive priority consideration for paid summer internship opportunities at WSSC.


To qualify, students must:

  • provide proof of permanent residency in WSSC’s service district;
  • be enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited college or university that leads to an engineering degree in one of the following areas: Civil Engineering (i.e., Environmental, Sanitary, Structural, Geotechnical, Water Resources, Fire Protection, Transportation, Project Management, Construction Management); Electrical Engineering; Material Science and Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science/Engineering. High school seniors who have been accepted into such a program are eligible; proof of acceptance/enrollment must accompany application materials; and,
  • complete an application and have it received by the WSSC Corporate Secretary by Friday, June 1, 2018.

2018 Application Process

Students are required to submit an essay (see topic below), along with the following application materials:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Official Transcript;
  3. Proof of Permanent Residency in WSSC Service District. Acceptable documentation: copy of driver’s license, voter registration card or other government-issued ID reflecting residency in either Prince George’s or Montgomery County, Maryland; and,
  4. Two Reference Letters.

2018 Essay Topic:

“Since 1918, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties through its delivery of safe and reliable water and wastewater treatment services.  In honor of WSSC’s Centennial this year, write an essay, in 1500 words or less, detailing the benefits WSSC has brought to its 1.8 million residents over the past 100 years.  Additionally, outline the challenges you foresee facing water utilities over the next 25 years and how you would resolve them.

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018.

Click here to apply online by the noted deadline or submit your application package by U.S. mail to: Sheila R. Finlayson, Esq., Corporate Secretary, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707. Mailed applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2018.

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